Witches are real! That’s what the upcoming remake of ‘The Witches’ promises as it has now an official trailer and release date and it’ll arrive sooner than expected.
It was announced last year that one of our favorite childhood scary movies was getting a reboot, which we couldn’t be more excited about, The Witches.
Based on the book of the same title by British writer Roald Dahl, the first adaptation movie tells us the story of Luke Eveshim, a young boy who goes on vacation in Norway with his grandmother Helga. She warns him about witches and how to recognize them as she recalls her childhood friend Erica was victim of a evil witch and got cursed to live inside a painting for the rest of her life.
A convention of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children will be taking place at the hotel, but in fact, it’s a coven full of horripilant witches. Their powerful leader known as the Grand High Witch is there to unveil her new master plan, a magic potion that turns children into mice so parent can exterminate them and do the witches’ dirty work for them.
Luke together with his new friend Bruno, will try to stop the witches even if they have to fight them as mice.
The film was released in 1990, the year when writer Roald Dahl passed away. And even though the movie wasn’t a massive success on the big screen, it sure gained a cult following throughout the years.
The Witches Remake
Now the remake is starring Oscar winner Anne Hathaway who will follow in the footsteps of Anjelica Huston to star in her role as the new Grand High Witch. The cast also includes Kristin Chenoweth, Stanley Tucci as the hotel manager unwittingly hosting the witches’ convention; and the voice of Chris Rock as the grown-up version of the boy who recounts the dale.
The film is directed by Robert Zemeckis, known for films such as “Back to the Future” (1985) and “Monster House” (2006) working together with Guillermo del Toro “Pan’s Labyrinth” (2006), Alfonso Cuarón “Gravity” (2013) and Kenya Barris “Black-ish” (2014).
In the original movie, it had a different ending than Dahl’s children book. However, Zemeckis described the new film adaptation as being closer to the novel but only with a little twist. He told French website Allocine, “We’re going to set it in the Gothic South in the 1960s. It’s an exciting way to put a sociological spin on this kind of witch story.”
A supposed official movie poster was leaked on Reddit not so long ago which caused a lot of expectation for this upcoming project.
However, the official HBO MAX account released the oficial poster which was in fact, like the one that got leaked before but now with an updated information for this project.
— HBO Max (@hbomax) October 2, 2020
As a further treat, the studio released a batch of first-look images of the cast.
In this picture, Eugenia Caruso as Conseulla, Penny Lisle as Witch, Josette Simon as Zelda, Anne Hathaway as the Grand High Witch, Orla O’Rourke as Saoirse and Ana-Maria Maskell as Esmerelda.
More of Anne Hathaway as the Grand High Witch
Stanley Tucci as Mr. Stringer together with Grandma and Hero Boy.
A first trailer was also launched today in which we get a few glances of how wickedly funny this project is going to be.
The film will be available on HBO Max on October 22, just in time for Halloween!
Are you excited for the remake of The Witches?